FaeryLand {Lake of the Faery Pool}

Cavan is said to have a lake for each day of the year. These lakes and pools are said to be filled from the Otherworld, and as such, bathing in them, or drinking their water, will bestow Otherworldly magic on the mortal concerned, such as poetic inspiration, wisdom and knowledge, or healing. 

The largest lake in the county is called Lough Sheelin; it’s about 6.5km long and 1.5km wide. Its name derives from the Irish Loch Síodh Linn, meaning ‘Lake of the Faery Pool’. Local folklore claims it was not always so big. Originally, it was just a small spring, from which the fairy folk, or Sidhe, allowed the local villagers to collect drinking water, but the rule was that they must always replace the cover. One day, a careless villager forgot to do this, and the Sidhe were so incensed, they caused the water to rise up, flooding the well and the nearby village, and thus forming the lake as we see it today.

FaeryLand {Mide | The Center}

Fire represents many things to many people and cultures. It is recognized as a purifier, a destroyer and as the generative power of life, energy and change. It represents illumination and enlightenment, destruction and renewal, spirituality and damnation. 

Fire being of such strange substance, ability and power is believed to have divine origin, which contributes to its use in ritual and religion. In ancient Egypt, scribes wrote in the Papyrus of Ani that the Flame of the Sun was an individual, showing that the mystical nature of fire was viewed as a divine entity rather than a chemical reaction. Sacred fire was carried before the Caesars as a symbol of their perpetual power, indicating that fire was forever in existence and would never dim—as it was believed that the might of the Roman empire would forever blaze across the world. 

Fire rituals were very important to the Celts. Beltane, one of the most important, was observed on the first day of May to encourage the sun to warm the earth after the long cold winter. Flaming wheels were rolled down hillsides and placed in the temples of the sky-god where flames were redistributed to the hearths of each home to keep the fires burning for warmth and cooking. The burning wheels were set on their way in an effort to assist the sun on its course across the heavens. Bonfires dotted the hillsides across the Celtic world. 

Within the Celtics concept of time they saw three worlds in parallel and simultaneous existence: The Upperworld, The Mundane World, and The Otherworld. But they also believed in a fourth realm called Mide ( the "center"), a powerful place where all the Celtic worlds converged and was symbolized by the institution of the main Celtic government at Tara near Ireland's center. It was at Tara where the Sabbat began with the lighting of the ritual fires. 

FaeryLand {Samhain}

Samhain marked the beginning of the Celtic new year. This was the night that the old God died, returning to the Land of the Dead to await rebirth. It is believed that the veil between the land of the dead and the land of the living is the thinnest on this night, and that the spirits of our departed loved ones walk the earth. Because of this the feeding of the dead is a longspread practice. Food is left out for these spirit travelers as well as candles to help guide their way.